Winter being that magical and festive time of the year with Christmas and New Year to woo the young and old alike with its mystic charm, eating out with loved ones always holds a special place in one’s life adding a zing to this beautiful season! When it comes to eating, there is nothing like dining at fine restaurants with friends and dear ones. In today’s context, eating out is not just limited to good food. Ambience also plays an instrumental role in attracting the new age gimmicky, adventurous and colorful food connoisseurs who get bored with regular restaurants thereby prioritizing creativity and experience along with quality food under one roof.
To cut it short, millennials love ‘themed restaurants‘ as food has become an ultimate binding thread that successfully connects friends, family and business, making these type of food joints one of the best socializing platforms for the young and well-traveled customers worldwide.
Pamela N. Danzinger, luxury marketing expert believes that generation Y is more geared towards showcasing their status and identity to their friends, acquaintances and followers by giving more importance to ‘enviable experiences,’ making themed restaurants such a big hit! In these themed restaurants, people are enjoying their food within jail premises or wild jungle theme to thrill one’s dining experience or sipping coffee amidst several discarded parts of vehicles with food served in toilet-shaped bowl and what not!
Today I would discuss few acclaimed themed restaurants of Kolkata with 4 points and above Zomato ratings that would take you to another world altogether with their extraordinary concepts and layouts along with mouthwatering fares to go with. I have chosen Kolkata because Bengalis are by far the most ‘gastronomically inclined’ people and being foodie is one of the biggest traits of a quintessential Bong!
A striking bike-themed restaurant, this café is a biker’s art house located in First Floor, Platinum Mall, 31, Elgin Road, Kolkata! If one wants to enjoy delectable breakfast along with music and games, this is the joint to be! Stage for the live performance, legendary bikes like the one used in World War 1, fantastic hand-made paintings on the wall and rare metal bikes makes the interior exclusive mix of fun, freedom and attitude! Free Wifi, parking, smoking area and home delivery are the added advantages!
Zomato Rating: 4.2/5
Specialty: Breakfast (Spanish Omelet, Thai Egg-Spectation, All American Bacon n Eggs etc.), Hookah Bar section
Cuisines: American, Café, European
Approx Cost: For two people, average cost of food would be around Rs. 1,100
Opening Hours: 7:30 AM to 11 PM (Mon-Sun)
Call: 033 30991303(Book your table in advance)
Located in AD 73, Near BD Market Bus Stop, Sector 1, Salt Lake, this restaurant gives the food lovers a dining experience within an airplane set up. The foodgasmic tour offered by this eating place starting right from automatic gate opening system, non-flight sitting zone to the inside of the flight is something worth trying! Screens attached with every window seat have videos to provide a real-time flying experience to the foodies.
Zomato Rating: 4.0/5
Specialty: Dal Makhani, Risotto Alle Verdure, Mint Lemonade, Manchuria
Type: Veggie friendly
Cuisines: North Indian, Chinese and Continental
Approx Cost: For two adults, average cost of food would be Rs. 1,100, excluding VAT and service charges
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 10:45 PM with Happy Hours: 4PM to 6:30PM everyday
Call: 033 30990345
This funky café is situated in 570, Lake Terrace Extension, Keyatala, Southern Avenue, Kolkata. Straight out of children’s fantasy book, this themed eatery is one-of-a-kind in the ‘City of Joy’! It’s a tailor-made place to enjoy reading, writing along with good food. The dollhouse interior of this cafe will enchant anyone with its vintage English décor right away! Relive your childhood with a casual or an intellectual cuppa at Mrs. Magpie’s fantasy world this winter!
Zomato Rating: 4.2/5
Specialty: Cup cakes, High Tea, Scones, Jam, Brownie, Fish Pot Pie, Hot Chocolate, Fresh Lime Soda and lip smacking Pastries
Type: Café/Tea Bar
Cuisines: Bakery, Cake and Dessert
Approx Cost: For two people, average cost would be around Rs. 500 to start with
Opening Hours: 09:00 AM to 11:00 PM
Call: 086977 31491/033 40041114/+91 9674999820
If one is too keen on experiencing ‘period dining,’ this is the place to select! Based in 23/B, Deshapriya Park Road, Kalighat, Kolkata, this restaurant is that ideal place that will provide you with Lucknow Nawabi style décor along with Rekha Bharadwaj songs and other soothing music at the background. Bronze made glasses and cutleries, this restaurant successfully recreated the 16th century feel for the modern age city dwellers. A gift to this city, this restaurant is all prepared to present a romantic evening of Sham-e-Awadh to its food lovers!
Zomato Rating: 4.4/5
Specialty: Awadhi cuisines ( Gandhraaj Kebab, Handi Biryani, Murgh Biryani, Murgh Irani, Shahi Tukda, Lakhnoi Paratha, Kulfi Falooda, Phirnee etc.)
Type: Casual Dining
Cuisines: Awadhi and Mughlai
Approx Cost: Average Rs. 1,200 for two people
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 10:30 PM
Call: 033 6565 6551/033 30990404
Here one can get authentic American/Mexican dinner amidst a playful ambience and modern decor! If you’re a beer lover, this place will greet you with its huge beer mugs and delicious Tenderloin steak! Located on the 4th Floor of Quest Mall, Chili’s has other outlets as well.
Zomato Rating: 4.4/5
Specialty: Besides huge beer mugs, steaks, delicious innovative topping for burgers, cheese poppers, bacon avocado sandwich, enchiladas, tacos and quesadillas
Type: Grill & Bar
Cuisines: Mexican, American, Italian
Approx Cost: For two people with alcohol, it would cost around Rs. 1,700, exclusive of VAT and other service charges
Opening Hours: 12 Noon to 11:30 PM/Happy Hours: Mon – Fri (4 PM to 8 PM)
Call: 033 30990489
So the next time you wonder where to spend quality time with family and friends, this compilation will be your best guide! It’s needless to say that Kolkata is a buzzing city with plentiful of offerings for everyone, be it an international traveler or a local foodie. Starting right from its tantalizing street food, momo joints, Benfish makeshift stalls to eye-popping thematic restaurants, Kolkata is a ‘melting pot’ in the truest sense! Besides the aforesaid ones, there are lots of other theme-based restaurants in Kolkata that go with your mood and company.
Share YOUR best 5 theme restaurants or any other experience/suggestion that would be a boon for any first-timer in Kolkata! 🙂 🙂